Deputy Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest

About the organization

The Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office is seeking a diverse and qualified applicant pool to fill a GS-1035-9/11 Public Affairs Specialist (Deputy Public Affairs Officer) position, which reports directly to the Forest Public Affairs Officer. This is a permanent, full-time position which is located in the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Flagstaff, Arizona. This National Forest operates in one of the most politically sensitive atmospheres and receives national/international attention concerning issues such as wildfires, prescribed fires, grazing and range management, watershed management, travel management, diverse interest groups and recreational uses.


The Deputy Public Affairs Officer (DPAO) for the Coconino National Forest reports directly to the Forest Public Affairs Staff Officer. The DPAO is responsible for assisting in the operation of a robust public information program addressing media relations, community relations, legislative affairs and internal information.The DPAO is responsible for helping assess the informational needs of both internal and external audiences; developing and implementing public information programs and campaigns that are creative and communicate the organization’s programs, policies and activities; responding to requests and maintaining positive relations with the public and news media as well as congressional offices and other government organizations; addressing any incidents that occur on the forest—especially as it relates to wildfires, fire suppression and prescribed fires; analyzing, composing, compiling and editing various communication products such as briefing papers, newsletters, talking points, congressional inquiry responses, news articles, press releases, web content and social media.


Ideal candidates will be highly-motivated and have very strong writing and speaking skills, as well as knowledge and experience in developing and maintaining a robust public affairs program in a fast-paced, quickly-evolving environment. Being flexible and able to work independently as well as part of a team is a must. Ideal candidates include those with experience in working in the areas of media relations, community relations, and internal information.
GS-9 Level: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Prepared information releases and programs for dissemination; drafted pamphlets, brochures, booklets, etc.; utilized variety of communication media, methods and techniques to provide information to both internal and external audiences (including presentations to the public, press releases, audio-visual programs, internal and external websites, social media, graphic designs).
GS-11 Level: On year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Examples of specialized experience are: Provided information to the general public, and/or reps of the news media, government agencies, elected officials, industry groups, and community groups on agency programs and activities; assisted in the evaluation and analysis of public comments on agency issues; prepared speeches for senior leadership of the organization; organizes and conducts public meetings.



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